7 Sep

Applause For Arrow Valley 8.5 parkruns

Arrow Valley Group Completes 8.5 parkruns In A Day

A group from Arrow Valley parkrun successfully completed 8.5 parkruns, or 42K, last Saturday (2 September). More than 70 runners took part, helping to raise more than £6,000 for two children’s charities – Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Action Medical Research for Children.

The group included Core teams from Brueton, Leamington Spa, Rugby and Stratford as well as Arrow Valley with additional runners joining in as and when.
The event started at 7.30am with a freedom parkrun at Brueton followed by an official parkrun at 9am from Kingsbury. From there, they proceeded to Coventry, Rugby, Daventry, Leamington Spa, Stratford and Bromsgrove. There was a final, emotionally-charged parkrun back at Arrow Valley which, together with a junior parkrun, made it 8.5 in total. 
Spirits remained high throughout despite tired legs, and smiles were always in evidence as the intrepid group continued on their way. Their efforts did not go unnoticed as many people asked them about their challenge and parkrun in general. The organisers expect to see an increase in numbers at local parkruns as a result. 
The group enjoyed all of the courses and the overwhelming support at every location. They aim to run as official tourists in 2018 and repeat the 8.5 challenge with a varied route and the same generosity shown by all who participated this year. 
Image courtesy Berbezier Photography